History & Culture

History & Culture

Rendering Four Million People Stateless: Hidden Agenda to Disenfranchise Settlers

Reading Time: 4 minutesAbout four million people will become stateless in Assam. They will cease to be citizens of India. Losing citizenship means they will not be able to get the Aadhaar card which, in turn, will entitle them to get a mobile phone, open a bank account, get a domestic gas connection, etc. They will not be […]

Thiruvananthapuram: The City of Beaches and Temples

Reading Time: 3 minutesTrivandrum is fairly well connected with all major cities through rail network and convenient flights. It is an amalgam of the old and the new – elements of modern architecture jostling for space with old temples, palaces and more, says Ruchira, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Deep down south, on the western […]

The Story of Masai, a Fascinating African Tribe

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe most fascinating tribe who constitute the largest section of the population are the Masai.  Their language, Swahili, is the official language of both Tanzania and Kenya and is widely spoken across central Africa.  The Masai are nomadic herders who have chosen to maintain their lifestyle and culture over the centuries with the modern world making an […]

The Unseemly Noise over Taj Mahal: Judges Wade into Unchartered Territory

Reading Time: 4 minutes“Either we will shut down the Taj Mahal or you demolish or restore it”, a two-member bench comprising Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta were reported to have said while considering a petition that called for the proper maintenance of the16th century mausoleum, which has over the years changed colour from white to yellowish, […]

The Chai that Cheers: The Inside Story

Reading Time: 6 minutesRuchira tells us the story of tea. She traces the antiquity of this wonder drink and how it spread to other parts of the world. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths.  “Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was […]

Human Rights Justice: Who are the Torture Victims? – I

Reading Time: 9 minutesAmit, our Editor-at-Large (Europe) analyses role of an India based Non-Governmental Organisation working for the torture victims of marginalised groups (such as Dalits, Muslims) using novel methods of testimonial therapy – employing it for the rehabilitation of torture victims providing voice for voiceless, mobilising human rights movement by bringing narratives of injustices of Dalits (Untouchables) […]

The Enchanting Journey of Coffee from Ethiopia to the Rest of the World

Reading Time: 5 minutesRuchira documents the journey of coffee, from the arid tracts of Ethiopia to Yemen and Turkey. It then reached Europe and the USA. Coffee is not just a drink. It came to be known as the beverage of the intellectuals. In England, coffee houses were nicknamed ‘Penny Universities’. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively […]

A Lesson on Life Management

Reading Time: 3 minutesAppearances are often deceptive. Hemashri tells us the story of Gitali, a cleaner in a government office. At a young age, life taught her much more than the books of the educated and well-placed women. Read this real-life story, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. I first saw this pretty girl, Gitali, among […]

In Defence of Social Media

Reading Time: 3 minutesRuchira celebrates the influx of social media sites that have made like enchantingly interesting. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. To see a World in a Grain of Sand  And a Heaven in a Wild Flower  Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand  And Eternity in an hour We are […]

The Ancient Walled City

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe walls around Toledo are an example of one of the most fortified complex systems of the Middle Ages in Europe. It is one of the oldest cities of the region. We saw ruins which date back to 3000 years. This city on hills has seen several different cultures sweep over it. Paramita takes us […]